David LaChapelle at PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI, Rome, Italy
April 29 - September 20, 2015
David LaChapelle, the great American artist and photographer, comes back, after more than fifteen years, to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni with one of the most important and exhaustive retrospective exhibition of the artists work.
There will be more than 150 works on view, some presented for the first time in a museum including many large-scale and vintage works.
David LaChapelle's "The Deluge"
The exhibition will focus on the works realized by the artist starting from 2006, when he produced the monumental series titled “The Deluge”, which lead to a meaningful turning point in the artistic path of David LaChapelle. Through the realization of “The Deluge”, modeled after Michelangelo’s impressive fresco in the Sixtine Chapel, the artist returned to conceiving works with the unique purpose to exhibit in art galleries and in museums, and is less focused on commissioned work that is destined for the pages of fashion magazines and ad campaigns.
To allow the public to understand the "origins" of LaChapelle work before “The Deluge”, the exhibition will also include a selection of some of the most renowned and loved photos that made him famous, realized during the decade between 1995 and 2005. A body of work that will gather all portraits of celebrities from music to fashion and movies, scenes based on religious themes with surrealistic touches, references to masterpieces of art history and cinema, an artistic production defined by the chromatic saturation and movement, with which the American photographer reached his particular aesthetical style and influenced many artists of the following generations.
LaChapelle - Behind the scenes
In the exhibition there will also be a projection space dedicated to behind-the-scenes videos, which, capture the composite process and the constructions of his photo sets, which clearly reveal that the artist’s role is extended also to director and scenic designer of his own photos.
David LaChapelle is one of the most famous and appreciated photographer in the world. Born in Fairfield, CT in 1963, he embraced a post-pop style, in some surrealist sensibilities, which makes him unique in the world.